I pestered my mom and aunts to take a walk down the memory lane and remember their childhood recipe. It was not the usual Maharashtrian UsaL, even the pronunciation is slightly different - it's ussal rather than usaL. It was more of a thin & spicy curry, flavored with sambar masala and curry leaves and you need to dunk in the fresh pavs to soak it up. The owner of that shop was one Shetty Mama - that's what they called the vendor. It's fun visiting Mumbai from my parents memory lane. It's so different than the Mumbai I grew up.
& here's my version of Usaal Pav -
1 1/2 cup white peas/vatana, soaked
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2 potatoes, boiled, peeled & cut
2 tbsp sambar masala or KoLumbo Masala
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp tamarind powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut
1/2 tbsp jaggery
Grind to Green paste * -
1/2 cup cilantro
4 garlic cloves
2 green chilies
1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
3 red chilies, halved
1 onion, minced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1. Pressure cook white vatana/peas adding turmeric powder, asafoetida and water.
2. Heat oil. Add curry leaves, cumin seeds and red chilies. As they sizzle, add onion. As onion turns soft, add green paste and saute for 2 minutes.
3. Now add cooked peas, potatoes and all the remaining ingredients (except for garnishing ingredients). Add 3 cups water. Bring to boil.
4. Let it simmer. Keep adding water as needed. Mash few of the potatoes and peas with the back of spoon.
5. While serving, garnish with onion, cilantro and sev in the individual bowls. Serve with pav.
1. The consistency of this curry should be thin for paav to soak up all the yummy curry. Since Kolumbo masala have daals in it, the curry gets thicker as it goes on simmering. So keep adding more water and make sure it gets boiled again.
2. According to my mom, this curry used to be quite oily and spicy. But I have reduced the oil and spice both. Adjust per your taste.
3. I used my grandmother's KoLumbo Masala for this curry.
This post is my contribution to Pallavi's Sunday Snacks - Chaats.